Legally Blonde - The Musical

Director Mary Bowden selected this musical because it is unlike anything MCHS has done before. It helps her meet one of her biggest goals as an educator - to offer students a wide variety of opportunities and expose them to different genres of shows. Last year they opted for the "classical musical" route with a great production of Fiddler on the Roof. This year she knew she wanted something contemporary and bright to contrast that – Legally Blonde is the perfect choice.

“It started in a meeting when I said, ‘We need this year's show to be something like Legally Blonde!’” Bowden told me. “The idea just stuck! This is our fourth musical, and the first to feature a female in the main character role. The females in our department have been waiting for this, and they have welcomed this opportunity with open arms.”

Legally Blonde - The Plot

The musical follows Elle Woods, the Malibu, California, sorority sister who, after being dumped by her aspiring politician boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, for not being “serious” enough, uses her underestimated intelligence to get into Harvard Law School - just to impress him. Far from her comfort zone, Elle is suddenly a misfit who, with the help of new friends Emmett, a teaching assistant with a working class background, and Paulette, a down-on-her-luck hairdresser, finds her true calling in life (hint: It’s not Warner).

Also guiding her is a “Greek Chorus” made up of her UCLA sorority sisters, who only she (and later Paulette) can see. The journey isn’t always easy, especially with the challenges brought upon by Harvard-elite mean girl Vivienne Kensington, who also happens to be Warner’s new girlfriend, and the agenda-driven Professor Callahan.

Months of Rehearsals

The production is directed by Mary Bowden, with music direction by Dawn Evans and choreography by Wheeler Hughes. MCHS students have been rehearsing since the end of January. They have rehearsals for the show five days a week, though the specific rehearsal schedule for each student is different. Some rehearsals are strictly music, and others are acting, staging, and choreography. The only cast member who rehearses every day is Kendel Ponchock, who plays Elle.

Meet the Cast

The production will be directed by Mary Bowden, with music direction by Dawn Evans and choreography by Wheeler Hughes.

Elle Woods ...................................................................... Kendel Ponchock

Warner Huntington III ....................................................... Barton Christmas

Emmett Forrest ................................................................. Samuel Powless

Paulette ................................................................................. Jessie Elliott

Professor Callahan ............................................................ Cameron Durbin

Vivienne Kensington ............................................................. Laney Yancey

Margot ................................................................................. Shelbe Overby

Serena ..................................................................................... Hope Eason

Pilar .............................................................................. Jasmine Humphrey

Brooke Wyndam ............................................................. Amanda Handegan

Enid Hoopes ............................................................................. Ariel Turner

Other MCHS students and staff starring in the musical include Matthew Jordan, Maddi Johnson, Max Medford, Kiersten Slankard, Virginia Walsh, Emily McCollum, Mr. Matthew Houser, Mr. Randy Hines, Mr. Jeremy Watwood, Prince Joshi, Andrew Castleman, Claudia Tucker, Martha McHaney, Cameron Ezell, Trey Pullen, Mary Baker, Sydney Carroll, Madison Heath, Hope Hodges,Madeline Jones, Camryn Moore, Jasee Nichols, Cheyenne Nordstrom, Ansley Rice, Shelby Stephens, Hailey Watson, Raegan Archer, Alex Bohannon, Lucas Bohannon, Caleb Buford, Dan Erickson, Zachary Farmer, Summer Groessel, Kaylee Hileman, Erik Hylko, and McKenzie Moss.

Legally Blonde is the ultimate self-empowerment show. If you liked the movie, the storyline is very similar, and the characters you know and love from the film are featured - they even sing! The talent displayed by these high school students is nothing short of impressive, and you will leave feeling encouraged and with a smile on your face! Tickets, ranging from $10 to $15, are available online at www.gomccracken.com
or at the door.